Kofi Adams, another allegedly defrauded of GH¢902,000

Mr. Adams

Mr. Adams

Kofi Adams, National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the wife of a high court judge have been defrauded of GH¢902,000.

Arnold Asante, the accused, was said to have defrauded Mr. Adams and Elizabeth Delali of GH¢840,000 and GH¢62,000 respectively, in separate cases.

However, Mrs. Harriet Jane Akweley-Quaye, a Circuit Court judge has rescued  herself from the case, following allegation by the lawyer for the accused, Dr. Maurice Ankrah that the first prosecutor, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Duuti Tuaruka told him that he had a discussion with her about Asante.

The judge said she would write to the Chief Justice, Ms. Sophia Akuffo, to assign the docket to another judge, explaining that she never had a conference with anybody, and that the utterance of the lawyer meant that she had been compromised.

Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Stephen Adjei, who is handling the case, told the court yesterday that he had information that Asante, currently in police custody, was admitted at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

However, attempts by Dr. Ankrah, who was in court to apply for bail for Asante, after the case had been adjourned, proved futile as the judge refused to listen to him.

The court heard that accused was referred to the Korle-Bu hospital from the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) Hospital.

In the first case, ASP Adjei said Asante, Chief Executive of Kamsack Limited, Accra, told Mr. Adams that he was awarded a contract to supply lorry tyres to Goldfields Ghana Limited in Tarkwa, and needed GH¢840,000 to execute the contract.

He said the accused collected the money from the complainant and promised to refund it.

According to the prosecutor, the accused later asked the NDC organiser to send him his bank account to deposit the money to effect payment.

The court heard that Mr. Adams provided his UniBank and National Investment Bank accounts to the accused, who later informed the complainant that the money had advanced into those accounts.

ASP Adjei said Mr. Adams went to his banks to check but was told no payments had been made into any of the accounts.

The prosecutor said Asante admitted having collected the money from Mr. Adams, but added that further investigations proved the accused had never bided or won a contract from Goldfields Limited to supply lorry tyres.

In the second case,  Chief Inspector Emmanuel Haligah corroborated the statement of his senior but said he was not sure if the accused was on bail as there was no proof of medical report.

He said Asante collected GH¢62,000 from Delali under the pretext of selling to her an auctioned Range Rover.

The court heard that on February 8, 2016, Dela paid the GH¢62,000 to the accused who promised to deliver the vehicle within a week but he failed to do so.

Chief Insp. Haligah said the accused later issued a cheque for GH¢50,000 but it was dishonoured .

The police officer stated that the accused had since refunded GH¢15,000.

By Malik Sullemana

 

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